The unexpected deluge late Tuesday night into the early a.m. hours on Wednesday was worse north of the state line, but the storms also dealt some flash flooding problems to Corinth and Alcorn County.

At the peak, water was up to the doorsteps of a number of homes on West Melody Lane in Corinth. Public Works Director Clayton Mills said he asked the county emergency management to assist those residents, if needed, in getting out of their homes.

Estimated at 4.5 to 5 inches in the city, the rainfall also had the not uncommon result of flooding the underpasses on Fulton Drive and Cass Street. Fulton Drive reopened by late morning on Wednesday, but the Cass Street underpass was still well under water at 1 p.m.

Another trouble spot was on Gaines Road at Galyean, where a culvert washed away, taking the road out.

“We are doing some temporary work right now to get that road opened back up,” said Mills. “We ask anyone traveling Gaines Road to be cautious because there’s going to be some gravel there until we can get everything put back correctly.”

With the enormous volume of rain that came down within a period of a few hours, it appeared that the drainage improvements in recent years helped keep the water flowing, he said.

Outside the city, Supervisor James Voyles reported Roads 212, 255, 260 and 265 in the Second District were temporarily covered by water, but there was no significant damage, he said.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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